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Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Susan Searls Giroux

Susan Searls GirouxThe university has appointed Susan Searls Giroux as Acting Provost and Vice-President Academic at McMaster University.

The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is the senior Vice-President and Chief Academic Officer of the University. The Provost reports to the President and Vice-Chancellor and is accountable to the President and the Senate for the academic administration, planning and development of the University. The Provost provides vision and leadership for all of McMaster's academic activities including faculty recruitment, retention and promotion; attracting and retaining excellent students; enrolment management; graduate and undergraduate program development and assessment; student life, library resources; and strategic planning, including oversight of the academic budget and space allocation. The Provost is responsible for fostering an environment that promotes equity and inclusion and where creativity, scholarship, research and teaching excellence can flourish and where students and faculty members can excel.

The Provost serves as Vice-Chair Senate, is a member of the Board of Governors, and a member of key committees of these two governing bodies. The Provost is also a member of the President's Executive and, as the senior Vice-President, assists the President in co-ordinating the work of the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (Administration), the Dean and Vice-President (Health Sciences) and the Vice-President (University Advancement).

Susan Searls Giroux joined McMaster in 2004 as an assistant professor in English and Cultural Studies. Her undergraduate and masters degrees were earned at Miami University and she completed her PhD at Pennsylvania State where she was also a senior lecturer in the Department of English.

Dr. Giroux is the author of several books and dozens of articles on contemporary higher education and the cultural politics of race. These include Sites of Race with David Theo Goldberg (Polity 2014) and the award-winning Between Race and Reason: Violence, Intellectual Responsibility, and the University to Come (Stanford UP, 2010). She has also coauthored, with Henry Giroux, Take Back Higher Education and, with Jeffrey Nealon, The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts now going into its third edition.

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